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Research Fellow, Forest Ecohydrology

Melbourne, Australia
$83,468 – $113,262 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0051322
Location: Parkville
Role type: Part-time 0.8 FTE; Fixed-term until June 2026
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences
Salary: Level A – $83,468 – $113,262 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Unique opportunity to research the ecohydrology of southeast Australian Eucalyptus forests.
  • Collaborative research environment with industry partnership, leading to publications and scientific conference presentations.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity for a dedicated researcher to join the Forest Hydrology Research Group and discover the catchment scale factors that contribute to increased stream water colour in forested upland catchments. Water colouration in natural ecosystems is a poorly understood ecohydrologic process, and the aim of this project is to identify the dominant source (or sources) and processes of water colouration from a diversity of forest ecosystem types.

The research position will require extensive field work involving the establishment and operation of field instrumentation in natural Eucalyptus forests in southeast Australia, in addition to laboratory experiments and conceptual model development. As part of a collaborative team, you will have the chance to work closely with researchers in the field and our industry partner, Melbourne Water.

This role offers the unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of catchment scale factors and their impact on water quality, while making a significant contribution to the field through publications and conference presentations. Join us in our mission to address the challenges of water treatment for human consumption and make a tangible impact in the field of forest hydrology.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Working under the guidance of the Chief Investigators, plan and carry out research on water discoloration in forested upland catchments.
  • Developing effective timelines and milestones for completion of the research projects.
  • Contributing to work as a team and further the research group's output, including contributions to the Forest Hydrology Research Group's research and scientific communication objectives.
  • Actively participating in communication and dissemination of research findings and their implications, to government, industry and collaborators.

Who We Are Looking For

You are a collaborative individual with a track record of working effectively with industry partners. You excel both as an independent researcher and as a valuable contributor within a close-knit team environment.

You will also have:

  • A PhD in Forest Science, Spatial sciences, Hydrology, Chemistry, Soil Science or other relevant biophysical discipline.
  • A record of high-quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and at conferences, commensurate with opportunity.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, administer and see through to completion appropriately designed research projects with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake field research.
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – “The School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences“

The School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences has a vision of science for flourishing environments and communities. The School brings together diverse discipline strengths to lead the development of new interdisciplinary thinking and high-impact solutions for global challenges relating to climate change, food security, healthy food systems, biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest management, invasive species, and environmentally and economically sustainable agricultural practices. Our expertise spans biophysical, social and technical sciences, and we support a large cohort of PhD students across these domains.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

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The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

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Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Oliver Bukasa via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Position Description

Applications close: 02 Jun 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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